The biggest nightmare for writers is procrastination.

I am talking about things that pull the writer away from writing. Procrastination can also occur for the businessperson just as easily.

In today’s environment, there are e-mails, phone calls, social media, and a host of other things that can pull us away from what we should be doing. If you are not careful, you can get hung up in going through e-mails, and catching up on the latest Facebook, LinkedIn, or Tweet and the next thing you know it can be hours later.

This is not your normal procrastination; it is, just the same. It is by default, what I term procrastination by proxy. Why by proxy? When you’re sitting at your desk, kitchen table, or local hangout, it is easy to become distracted with what’s happening around you.

Your home can be the worst place to conduct any type of business if you’re not careful, and force yourself to ignore any distractions while you should be working.

If you have pets, kids, a wife, friends, and extended family, it is easy to be pulled into what they are doing around you while you should be writing if you’re a freelance writer working at home.

Example:

You’re working on copy, blog post or some piece of copy and your pet, kids or wife come into the area you’re using for work, which could be the kitchen, and they want attention; how do you tackle that?

Let everyone know you’re working and not to disturb you. This may not go over well, but you need to do it so you can work. Will you upset some people, probably, but you need to treat your writing or running at type of home-based business like it is a 9 – 5 job that pays the bills.

If you are one to be easily distracted, you may have a hard time writing or working on any project, that you’re handling from home.

Running a home-based business takes understanding from those around you and your dedication to what you are doing.

Robert J Medak

Freelance Writer/Editor/Reviewer/Marketer

 

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